Fire safety advice for Oxfordshire businesses

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is offering businesses fire safety advice as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC's) Business Safety Week, 10-16 September.

The campaign aims to provide businesses with information and advice to reduce the number of fire incidents and false alarms in the workplace,

Businesses are encouraged check they have taken necessary steps, required by law, to protect their premises and employees from fire. Advice is being given on preventing arson attacks, reducing false alarms, and taking safety precautions for sleeping accommodation.

Statistics show that in 2016-17 there were 19,410 fires in UK businesses with about 30% (5,518) started deliberately.

Chris Wilson, from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We want to work with small businesses to help them understand their legal responsibilities when it comes to fire prevention and safety.

“We’re promoting anti-arson measures and general fire safety in restaurants, takeaways and other licensed premises, particularly those with sleeping accommodation.

“Leaflets are available in a range of languages to help business owners whose first language is not English. Forthcoming seminars will provide an opportunity for employers to ask questions and learn how to ensure they maintain a safe working environment.”

For further information email fire.service@oxfordshire.gov.uk or visit the website www.365alive.co.uk/cms/content/work